"Caerlaverock -
where the unique balance of agriculture, wildfowling and conservation brings people and wildlife together for the benefit of both."

WWT  Caerlaverock

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Caerlaverock (WWT)

One of the most exciting ventures on Caerlaverock Estate over the years has been the work of the  Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.  Lady Mary Mumford's late father, the 17th Duke of Norfolk was a close friend of naturalist and conservationist Sir Peter Scott who was a frequent visitor to Caerlaverock in the 1950s. The two men shared a vision of conservation where people were encouraged to get closer to nature to help them connect with their natural environment and in the 1950s  The Duke of Norfolk invited Sir Peter to establish a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre here.

In terms of wildlife conservation the centre has famously played a significant role in enabling the Svalbard barnacle goose population to reach nearly 30,000  after dropping to just 300 in 1948. The bird hides at the WWT centre enable visitors to watch the geese swoop in from their arctic homeland to graze on the merse over the winter before spectacularly taking flight and departing in the spring. Witnessing this is an unforgettable experience. With many other unique wildlife experiences also on offer,  it's easy to see why  WWT Caerlaverock is now one of Scotland's major wildlife visitor attractions.

Children find visiting the centre great fun! They can go pond dipping, hunt for invertebrates, spot birds, handle amphibians, explore the wetlands and generally have a memorable day out.

WWT Caerlaverock is open throughout the year and for full details of the centre, opening times etc. go to www.wwt.org.uk/visit/caerlaverock/

 


Main photo - © Maybeth Jamieson

 


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